Rituals (novel)

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Author Cees Nooteboom
Original title Rituelen
Translator Adrienne Dixon
Country Netherlands
Language Dutch
Publisher De Arbeiderspers
Publication date
Published in English
Pages 189
ISBN 90-295-3262-9

Rituals (Dutch: Rituelen) is a 1980 novel by the Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom. The narrative follows two friends, one who breaks rules frequently and one who follows them strictly. It was Nooteboom's first novel in 17 years. After finishing The Knight Has Died (1963), he had worked as a journalist and traveled around the world, "looking for something to write about".[1]

Rituals won the Ferdinand Bordewijk Prize.[2] It was adapted as a 1989 French-language film with the same title, directed by Herbert Curiel.[3]

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  1. ^ Wroe, Nicholas (2006-03-25). "Journeys of the mind". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  2. ^ "F. Bordewijk-prijs". letterkundigmuseum.nl (in Dutch). Nederlands Letterkundig Museum. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  3. ^ "Cees Nooteboom". evene.fr (in French). Evene. Retrieved 2012-03-03.